What Is Drip Irrigation? How Does It WorK?

Drip irrigation is worth using. When you have planted your flower beds and created container gardens teeming with beautiful plants, you may now wonder how you can insure their well being. The answer is to install a drip irrigation system in your yard or garden. The best way to preserve plantings is to feed them regularly. This should make sense. Right? Proper watering practices are critical for a landscape to grow and thrive. A dilemma of how to deliver a steady amount of water that plant beds need on a consistent basis tends to stump even avid gardeners. Do you want information on drip irrigation, a description, and how it works? This article will give you some helpful information on drip irrigation.

Most of us are guilty of one of these watering habits: We set and forget sprinkler systems; we remember an occasional douse with a watering can; or, confident in Mother Nature’s ability to do the job without help, we ignore the chore of watering all together. None of these methods will benefit your landscape.

Thankfully, technology, and a vast assortment of easy-to-install irrigation products on the market, can alleviate the burden of watering. A drip irrigation system is something that you can turn into a DIY project. You will save yourself the worry of over watering. ( How many times have you asked yourself, after pulling out of the driveway, whether you left a sprinkler running or completely forget to turn it on?)

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Drip Irrigation Layout

What is Drip Irrigation?

Drip irrigation ensures that plants get a gradual, deep soak. Drip systems look like garden hoses with emitters (nozzles) that protrude from the tubing. These emitters deliver water to targeted areas, such as specific plants in a bed. Drip irrigation systems work much like a water fountain with no pressure. Water trickles from emitters and slowly seeps into the soil.

What is the benefit of drip irrigation?

The benefit of drip irrigation is that you don’t get the runoff you might with higher-powered sprinkler systems or by hand watering with a garden hose. Also, drip irrigation is ideal for containers and plant beds because you can position emitters according to plant placement, or snake hoses throughout beds to ensure even water coverage.

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Placing Drip Line

Drip Applications

Drip irrigation isn’t designed to water your lawn, but it is ideal in the following applications: Plant and flower beds, Vegetable gardens, Container plantings, and Beds with trees and ornamentals

All you need to support a drip system is an outdoor spigot. You can purchase tubing in various lengths and widths, and kits contain connectors and emitters, which allow you to customize the system so it delivers water based on plant placement. For example, you can cut and split a hose into sections, or arrange it along curvy beds. Because you are able to choose the exact placement, you’ll conserve resources while watering. You can drain as much as 400 gallons (1514L) of water per hour from the water table by using a hose. This is far more liquid than your soil will accept, especially if it is primarily composed of clay.

Drips Should Go Deep

The importance of deep-root watering is something that Agronomists preach over and over again. This practice ensures that

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Drip Should Reach Root System

moisture penetrates the surface and sinks into the soil. This is where roots can soak up the moisture and benefit from its nutrients. Drip irrigation achieves will achieve this. When you water with a hose, you will notice that puddles begin to form. These may eventually grow into miniature lakes, branch off into streams, and run off into other areas of your landscape, causing erosion. Meanwhile, standing water can suffocate young flowers and plants, preventing oxygen from reaching roots. Plants overwhelmed by water are more susceptible to disease.

The solution is to install a drip irrigation system, which will allow you to feed flowers and plants gradually. Think of it as serving them mini-meals throughout the day. Plants can metabolize, or soak in, the water. Also, because drip irrigation delivers water drop by drop, moisture won’t displace oxygen, and roots will receive both vital nutrients.

I hope this will encourage you to look into installing a drip irrigation system into your yard or garden. You will find it very worthwhile.

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